Japanology (Bachelor)

Photo of Kamaishi Kôyô (Japan).

Kamaishi Kôyô © Florian Purkarthofer

Students of the bachelor’s programme in Japanology gain an understanding of modern Japan from a perspective of cultural studies and social sciences, based on Japanese language and scripts, as well as relevant historical foundations. Graduates have the following qualifications: language proficiency in written and spoken Japanese, intercultural competences related to Japan, ability to work with Japanese source materials, basic knowledge of Japan, history, society, culture, politics and economy.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 643

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (davon 30 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 20.07.2023

Information about presentation & calculation

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

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Study programme

The bachelor’s programme in Japanology consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) and compulsory modules (Japanese in theory and practice; regional and cultural studies; basic knowledge of Japanese culture and society; politics and economy; intercultural learning and academic research and writing), as well as an internship. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write two bachelor’s theses. A study visit to Japan for one or two semesters is a valuable addition to the degree programme and is usually supported by the Department as far as possible.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Intercultural learning
  • Japanese language
  • Japanese culture and society
  • History of Japan
  • Japanese media

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

The intercultural expertise acquired during the degree programme prepares graduates for a career in the following areas:

  • transnational cultural and educational work
  • museums, archives and libraries
  • tourism
  • bilateral economic relations
  • companies in the Japanese cultural area and international companies that are active on the Japanese market
  • consulting
  • media
  • diplomatic service
  • national and international organisations.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.0 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.8 (high)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 63 graduates.

*You can find further assessments of the degree programme from its graduates’ perspective in the graduate survey of the bachelor’s programme in Japanology graduation survey (in German).

Graduates ...

  • find employment within 3 months after graduation on average.

*You can find further information on career entry and career paths in the tracking of graduates "BA Japanology".